LGBT Part I: Answers from Scripture

Introduction

LGBT issues have become very important in the world we live in. It has become bigotry to be anti-LGBT and people with these lifestyles insist on being glorified and often are by the media, who bend over backwards to be tolerant and accepting of this community, so much so that Bruce Genner, a mentally ill man, was named Times’ woman of the year in the name of tolerance. But with all this cultural rush to tolerate everything where should we stand from a moral personal position but also from a social one? This article is the first of two dealing with this issue. In this one we deal with the moral implications of LGBT issues.

Homosexuality

You will often hear gays say things like “I was born this way” insisting that their behavior be treated as something normal. However it is not normal nor will it ever be. Homosexuality is unnatural. Biological and morally it is aberrant and self-degratory. Gays and lesbians are more likely to be depressed than straights and therefore more likely to commit suicide. There are a few reasons why this is.

Firstly Homosexuality is about finding your self-value in other’s opinions of you. Homosexuals want gratification from others so they press the issue with others. When their attempts are rejected this causes a devaluation of self. Much in the same way that a billionaire playboy feels empty and depressed even though he has everything he wants. It’s because other people and material possessions can’t give you self-worth. Just as an Alcoholic can only ever distract himself from reality for a moment so too chasing after aberrant sexual fantasies and material things can only temporarily fill the void. Why? Because we were created in the image of God(Gen. 1:26) to worship God(Isa. 43:7). Therefore our self-worth and self-esteem must originate from God. Any attempt to replace God with material things or aberrant desires will lead to emptiness and depression.

Secondly sex is a spiritual act not a physical one. There are three levels of existence which a living creature can exist in: eretz, nephesh, and ruach.  Eretz is Hebrew for earth. In Genesis everything came from the earth. This is physical life. Plants, animals, and humans all have eretz.  Nephesh is Hebrew for soul. The Soul is what makes you you. It is your rational and emotional faculty, your personality, your consciousness, and the seat of your conscience. Animals and People both have nephesh.  Ruach is the Hebrew word for breath or spirit. Anything God breathes is undestroyable. God didn’t speak man into existence. He shaped him with his hand and breathed him into existence(Gen. 2:7). When God made woman he formed her from Adam’s rib and breathed into her(Gen. 2:21-22). Adam instituted marriage on the basis of sexuality between one man and one woman(Gen. 2:23-24). Note that the word for cleave in verse 24 infers a sexual act. Throughout the old testament everytime something of a sexual nature happened it says “his soul clave unto her”(Gen. 34:2-3). Human sexuality is a spiritual act hollowed to God within the confines of heterosexual marriage. When a person’s soul cleaves unnaturally to someone it should never cleave to it can cause depression and instability. In fact there is a very high rate of domestic violence in lesbian relationships.

Finally Homosexuality is the result of rejecting God. 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they new God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

                      -Romans 1:20-27

Here Paul is making his argument as to why men need the saving grace of Christ. Paul starts by saying that God is self-evident in nature. That is to say that by examining nature as it is, at face value, one would come to two conclusions: 1. There must be a God and 2. He must be all powerful.

By meditating on this one could find God, who will always answer anyone that diligently seeks him, and therefore they are without excuse. Because they knew God but rejected him God gave them over to Homosexuality. In other words God allows those who reject his truth to fall into homosexuality and the only way to be released from this is to return to God. Only God can deliver from Homosexuality. Aversion therapy doesn’t work because the problem is spiritual not psychological. Homosexuals aren’t mentally deficient. In fact there have been several gay and lesbian individuals who have been prominent thinkers and scientists. These are clearly not mentally ill. However they do have a problem that is also clearly not “their choice”. If it was they could stop being gay. Rather this unnatural sexual preference is a spiritual issue. There are many ministers who were gay but, having turned their lives over to God, were miraculously delivered from homosexuality. Yes there are homosexual “Christians” however these are only Christian in identity. They aren’t Christian at heart. In fact Paul addresses such believers(II Tim. 3:5). Again these people can only be delivered by God’s power. They don’t need to stop being gay to become Christian. They need to become Christian to stop being gay. They don’t need to quite being homosexual to get the power of God rather they need the power of God to quite being gay. The Church shouldn’t shun homosexuals but rather should be loving towards them as they would any sinner. You wouldn’t turn a guest away for being an alcoholic or a Buddhist but homosexuals are instantly ostracized. This trend has to stop.

Bisexuals

So obviously Bisexuals have Homosexual tendencies. However they are also clearly straight. Bisexuals when they commit Homosexual sex acts are to be deemed as homosexuals in which case the previous section applies to them. However when engaging in Heterosexual acts they are merely fornicators. Fornication is sex outside of the confines of marriage properly understood. Fornication is of course a sin. However it should also be understood that most Bisexuals, given time, will settle down with a spouse of the opposite gender. Thus bisexuals aren’t the prime concern. We should witness to them of course however in most cases they will settle down of their own accord.

Transgenderism

There are, in scripture, commands against cross dressing(Deut. 22:5) and being effeminate(I Cor. 6:9) so “transgender” or men who reject their male identity and believe themselves female did exist in the days of the Bible however only in modern society has their actually been such a thing as “reassignment” surgery. The Bible says that Transgender won’t inherit the kingdom of God. God created you to be male or female and it is an abomination to reject that “maleness” or “femaleness”. It is true that some men are softer than the steriotypical male while some women are tougher than the steriotypical female and the word effeminate isn’t talking about this. It is talking about what we today call Transgenders. And thus Transgenderism is a sin. Bruce Genner is still a man. The forty year old pervert who left his children to become a six year old girl is still a forty year old man. Blair White is still a man. And so on and so forth. Unless you change the x and y chromosomes you are still the gender you were born. You can’t be the opposite gender. This isn’t to mention the higher suicide rate among transitioned trannies which is a topic for part two. But just like with Homosexuals only God can deliver a transgender from transgenderism.

Conclusion

While we should tolerate LGBT individuals this doesn’t mean condoning their lifestyle. Homosexuals, Bisexuals, and Transgender should be witnessed to out of love and compassion. But bending over backwards to condone their lifestyle is also unacceptable. If we love people we’ll tell them about Jesus but we won’t validate their sin.

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